Health Professional

On this website, the term "Health Professional" designates all those in the health-related disciplines with expertise related to improving the quality of early education and before and after school child care.

Child Care Health Consultant

A Child Care Health Consultant is a health professional who works with early education and school-age practitioners to recognize and promote the health and safety of children, families and their teachers. 

Child Care Health Advocate

 A Child Care Health Advocate (CCHA) is a designated staff member who makes sure that best practice in health, safety, and nutrition are integrated into program policies and procedures while carrying out the usual duties of a director, lead teacher or similar role.


  • Register for Spring 2022 Child Care Health Advocate Course - Tuition Assistance Available
    Enrollment is now open for the Spring 2022 online Child Care Health Advocate Course (EARL 160-01) at Northampton Community College (NCC) (See flyer for full details). This unique 3 credit hour college course is taught remotely over 10 weeks (Updated timeline: February 24 – May 11, 2022) . Directors, lead teachers and others in the early education field learn to assess, identify, and…
  • Sign-up for E-Mail Alerts
    Sign-up on this website to receive E-Mail Alerts from ECELS about news or key new postings on this website. Click on the orange button on the home page to access this function. In addition, child care health consultants have an opportunity to request access to a password-protected site where ECELS is posting lesson plans for qualified instructors. To access this…
  • STARS Standard LM 2.5 Supporting Children with Special Needs
    Did you know…ECELS has valuable tools to help you meet the new STARS Standard LM 2.5 Program uses Caring for our Children to establish policies and practices regarding care plans for children with special medical needs as well as medication administration. 1. Use Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. form-field version to adapt a policy for your program. See Section…
  • Updated ECELS Child Abuse and Neglect (Mandated Reporter) Self-Learning Module Now Available!
    Do you have staff at your program that need Mandated Reporter professional development? Are you aware of the nationally recognized protective factors to support families? The ECELS Child Abuse and Neglect (Child Abuse Mandated Reporter) Self-Learning Module focuses on prevention and addresses the unique setting of early care and education programs. The updated and revised content is now available! The module…
  • COVID -19 Information to Share with Families and Staff
    Use the following to share facts, credible information and updates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health Website.  Human coronaviruses are a family of viruses that commonly cause mild to moderate illness like the common cold.  A new human coronavirus, called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.  Symptoms of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus can include:…